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Virat Kohli and RCB End Up with IPL Fine

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Virat Kohli and RCB End Up with IPL Fine

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Royal Challengers Bangalore, led by stand-in captain Virat Kohli, have been fined INR 24 lakh (USD 29,300 approx.) for maintaining a slow over-rate during their recent win against Rajasthan Royals at M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday. The fine was issued by the Indian Premier League (IPL) authorities as it was the second time the team had committed an over-rate offense in the ongoing IPL 2023 season.

Apart from Kohli, other members of the playing XI and the impact substitute also faced penalties. They were ordered to pay INR 6 lakh ($7300 approx.) or 25% of their match fees, whichever is lesser.

This is RCB’s second over-rate offense this season. RCB’s first over-rate offense came in their one-wicket defeat to Lucknow Super Giants on April 10 at home, where du Plessis was captain and was fined ₹12 lahk.

What Caused the Fine

As a result of the slow over rate, Royal Challengers Bangalore also faced an on-field penalty during their match against Rajasthan Royals. They were made to bowl the 20th over with just four fielders outside the 30-yard circle.

Royal Challengers had committed their first over-rate offense during their previous match against Lucknow Super Giants, also at home. Faf du Plessis, the regular captain of Royal Challengers, was fined INR 12 lakh ($14,600) for that offense.

Du Plessis missed the last two games due to a grade-one intercostal strain, and Kohli stood in as captain. Du Plessis was still able to bat in both matches but was substituted out while the team was fielding, using the Impact Player rule.

Despite these penalties and slow over-rate, RCB has been performing well, winning four out of their seven matches so far and sitting fifth on the points table. In their last two games, they have recorded crucial victories over Rajasthan Royals and the high-flying Kolkata Knight Riders.


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Kohli’s Past Fine

Before this latest fine, Kohli was fined 10% of his match fees for violating the Indian Premier League’s Code of Conduct during a recent match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings.

admitted to the Level 1 offense under Article 2.2 of the Code of Conduct. The Board of Control for Cricket in India confirmed that Kohli accepted the penalty, but did not disclose any further details. Kohli has had previous incidents with opposing players due to his aggressive approach on the field.

Outside of Kohli, Kolkata Knight Riders Nitish Rana and Mumbai Indians’ Hrithik Shokeen were also fined for a heated altercation during a match on April 16 at Wankhede Stadium. Rana received a 25% match fee fine, while Shokeen was fined 10% for the same incident.

RCB’s Status

In the game against Rajasthan Royals, Glenn Maxwell, and du Plessis put on a 127-run partnership for the third wicket, and RCB posted a score of 189/9. In response, Devdutt Padikkal scored a half-century for Rajasthan Royals, while Dhruv Jurel led a late fight with an unbeaten 32 off 16 balls. However, they could only reach 182/6, giving RCB a seven-run win.

Royal Challengers Bangalore have managed to win four out of their seven matches and are currently placed fifth on the points table.


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